Weeks like this one make sitting in front of a laptop, trying to develop something for you to read and enjoy, seem impossible. Perhaps even futile. I woke up this morning thinking that I would write about the estimate we received to replace our front door. The man gave it to me with a straight face. I kept waiting for him to say “nahhh, I’m just joking,” but he never did. I could write a book about this experience – of buying a house that just needs paint and flooring.
I don’t feel like writing about that this morning, though. It’s been a tough week for a lot of people.
The brother of a friend passed away in Florida.
A childhood friend died in a motorcycle accident during a 9/11 Tribute ride.
Cancer took the daughter of a friend and neighbor.
The oldest of the three was 47.
Many of you know these families, and you’ve felt the loss. You remember their smile. Their laugh. That time they made you laugh. That time they made you feel loved.
So, I’m not going to ask you to spend your time this morning reading this, but I am going to ask you to do something. I’m borrowing this from Dr. Kevin Ezell, but I doubt he’d mind a whole lot. What I’m asking you to do today is just draw an imaginary circle around yourself. Stretch out your arms and spin around if you have to, but imagine a big circle around you.
Now, today – just start with today, anyone that touches the circle gets grace. They get mercy. They get forgiveness. They get kindness. They get love.
20 years, 30 years, 50 years from today, even though it had a lifetime warranty, no one’s going to remember the front door of your house. They’re not going to remember that it took you 6 months longer than you planned to replace the living room carpet with hardwoods. They’re going to remember that you loved them. That you were gracious. That you were kind. If you’re kind and you miss, you won’t miss by much. (That’s from Dr. Kevin Elko.)
That’s all that I’ve got today. Go!